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May 15, 2009
Ethnically diverse food hits Toronto streets
The first four Toronto a la Cart food vendors will begin serving their unique cuisine on Victoria Day at three locations throughout the city. Over the next few weeks, Toronto residents will get a taste of more diverse cuisine as the remaining entrepreneurs hit the streets. These vendors will help change our food culture by demonstrating that fast food can be healthy and unique.

Andnet Zere will set up her cart in Roundhouse Park at 222 Bremner Blvd. (between Front Street and Lake Shore Boulevard, east of Spadina Avenue). Andnet is serving souvlaki as well as injera, a traditional Eritrean food.

Bridgette Pinder’s blend of Caribbean and Asian-influenced food (“Caribfusion”), including jerk chicken, mango salad and grilled pineapple, will be available at the intersection of St. Clair Avenue and Yonge Street.

Seemab Ahmad and Blair and Kathy Bonivento will be offering up Persian and Greek food, respectively, at their carts at Nathan Phillips Square. Seemab’s fare will include biryani with salad and chutney, and karahi salsa served with pita, chapatti, naan or rice. The Boniventos are offering breakfast sandwiches in the morning and souvlaki and village Greek salad later in the day, along with in-season roasted corn.

Councillor John Filion (Ward 23 Willowdale), Chair of the Toronto Board of Health, will be among the first in line to taste the samplings at Nathan Phillips Square.

Date: Monday, May 18
Time: Noon
Location: South end of Nathan Phillips Square
East side - Seemab Ahmad
West side - Blair and Kathy Bonivento

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Susan Sperling
Toronto Public Health
Tel: 416-338-7878



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